AIFD Newsletter
December 8, 2017
CakeCakeThis Friday at dancing:
December Birthdays and Anniversaries!!!
Sharon DJs, Dee assists.
Sharon CasteelDee McCandlessEnjoy a lively evening of folk dancing this week DJ'd by Sharon Casteel. Sharon will be assisted by Dee McCandless. This week we'll celebrate our dancers who have a birthday or anniversary in December with song, dance, and cake.
Holly PlotnerKathleen McDonaghTeaching: Kathleen McDonagh and Holly Plotner will be teaching Romanian dances from Texas Camp. Make sure to arrive promptly at 7.
Friday, December 8, 7-9:45 pm.
The admission fee is $5 for those 18 and older.

There is no fee for those under 18,
but they must be supervised by a designated person 18 or older.
Hancock Rec Center (HRC)

AIFD is organized exclusively for educational purposes, including the promotion and teaching of traditional folk dance, music and crafts native to a variety of countries.

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Save The Date:
December 29:
American International Heritage Ball.

New Years Eve hat Let's ring in the new year with our American International Heritage Ball. We will celebrate America with the music and dance of its many cultures. We'll kick things off with a Grand March!!! And we'll have Live Music. Your best cultural or formal wear is encouraged, but, of course, not required.

Photos: Candle Light Trail Open House 2017!!!
Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2017 Candle Light Open House a complete success. Click on the picture below to see some photos taken by Denise Fynmore.
Candle Light Trail 2017 Open House
Psst .. are you on Facebook? There are tons of pictures and videos posted on the AIFD, Texas Camp, and other FB groups.
Link of the week:
Mazurka : Pierre et Ophelie.

Other dance links
AIFD:(Contact & Board page)
AIFD Code of Conduct.
AIFD upcoming events.
World's words - updated by Misi.
Become a member of AIFD.
Archive of dance notes - compiled by Franklin Houston.
Newsletter archive - since May 19, 2012.
AIFD's live music compensation policy.
AIFD Youtube channel.
AIFD Featured in City of Austin Video about HRC.
Other groups: (complete list)
Texas International Folk Dancers
Austin Friends of Traditional Music
AIFD German Dancers
Austin Scandinavian Dance and Music Jam
Most Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:45 pm, Free:
Check the Scandi website for schedule details.
3rd Wednesday Balkan Dance
Join 3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing, 7:15-8:45, NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge. This year, more teaching of old favorites. Show me the Balkan countries.
Csardas Hungarian Dancers
Mondays, 7-9:45, HRC, backroom, free.
No partner necessary, we rotate often.
Austin Barn Dancers
Wednesdays, 7:30-10pm, Hancock Rec Center.
Enjoy this American dance form. All dances taught and called. Music provided by LOCO (Local On-Call Orchestra) - an open band, where anyone is welcome to come and play. Contact Dale Rempert at or visit for more information.
English Country Dance
2nd & 4th Saturdays, 7:30-10:15
McPhail Dance Studio, 8018 Mesa Drive.
If you are new to ECD or want to review the basics, please arrive before 7:15 to participate in our newcomers’ session. We are also on Facebook
Texas Folklife
Clickety Cloggers - Austin
Upcoming "Other Dance" features
A list of non-AIFD events you may be interested in:

Sunday, December 17: Wassail 2017!!!
Wassail 2017Please join us for Wassail 2017, a fantastic evening of music, song, stories, puppets, magic, and mummers… and this year we celebrate the Czech heritage of Texas!
2:30 PM – a short version just for children.
5:30 PM – for children and families.
Full details and ticket information.

Wednesday, December 20: Balkan Dance.
Balkan states3rd Wednesday Balkan dancing returns on December 20, 7:15-8:45. This year, more teaching of old favorites!! NW Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive. No Charge.

Dance of the Cradle - Romania. - Phantom Ranch.
/ Mama cînd m-o leganat,
Numai de dor mi-o cîntat. /

/ Mi-o cîntat de dor si-o plîns.
Dorul de mine s-o prins. /

/ De cînd port dor la inima, /
Numai am nici o hodina,
Nici la prinz si nici la cina.

/ Cite doruri rele-s grele.
Tate-s pa bratele mele. /

/ Altul moare de batrîn,
Nu sti dorul de ce-i bun. /

/ Dar eu stiu ca l-am purtat
De cîd mama mi-o cîntat. /

Ai la la la la . . .
When my mother was rocking me,
She was singing of longing.

She was singing of longing and I cried.
I've been caught by longing.

Since my heart is longing,
I have no respite
Neither at noon nor at evening.

How many longings? All are deep and bad.
All are in my arms.

One dies being old
Not knowing what's the good of longing.

But I know I've carried it
Since my mother sang.

Ai la la la la . .
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